Energy Corridor bridge design competition gets under way

An opportunity to shape the look of a pedestrian and bicyclist bridge that will span Interstate 10 in Houston’s Energy Corridor District awaits students in a design contest  hosted by the district and Jun-Hyun Kim, assistant professor of landscape architecture at Texas A&M.

Students, who registered for the competition early in the spring 2016 semester, have until 11:59 p.m. April 22 to submit entries. 

The corridor is a suburban area approximately 17 miles west of downtown Houston that hosts many of the region’s multinational energy companies.

Contest organizers are looking for an iconic bridge design to connect a future transit center north of I-10 to an entertainment and residential hub across the interstate. Organizers also want the structure to contribute to the district’s overall branding and messaging efforts.

Among the additional criteria a contest jury, consisting of Kim and ECD officials, will consider in the design submissions:

  • A clearly documented analysis and design process;
  • Consistency with the district’s master plan principles;
  • Effective production of place-making measures to create a gateway and landmark, and
  • the entry’s effectiveness in communicating graphic concepts.

The jury will announce the three top entries in May; $500 will be awarded for the first-place entry, $200 for second place and $50 for the third place.

“The top entries will be considered in future development efforts by district officials,” said Kim.

For more information about the contest, contact Kim at jhkim@arch.tamu.edu or 979.845.2532.

 

 

 

 

posted January 19, 2016